TAI CHI Overview Information
Tai chi is a Chinese martial art consisting of exercise, breathing, and meditation. Tai chi is a specific form of Qi gong.
A standardized form of tai chi, called tai chi chih, which has only 20 moves is practiced in western countries.
Tai chi is used for improving general health, balance, and digestion; preventing falls; strengthening and conditioning muscles; and promoting relaxation. It is also used for treating osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, pain, depression, stress, and fatigue.
Tai chi is not regulated in any way and there are no specific standards for training. Practitioners of tai chi are not considered health professionals in North America. However, in China, tai chi is often practiced along with conventional modern medicine.
How does it work?
Tai chi is an exercise of low-to-moderate intensity that involves breathing, meditation, and fluid physical movements. There is not enough known about tai chi to understand how it might work for medical conditions.
- Preventing falls. Some research shows that tai chi might help improve balance and reduce falls in older adults, including people with Parkinson's disease. But other research did not find that it helped.
- Improving general health.
- Improving balance.
- Improving digestion.
- Promoting relaxation.
- Strengthening and conditioning muscles.
- Osteoarthritis .
- Sleep problems.
- Other conditions.
TAI CHI Side Effects & Safety
There are no known safety concerns. Side effects have not been described in any studies evaluating tai chi.